The soil! After four years of toiling with the stuff in my back garden, I was overjoyed to find digging so easy on the allotment this afternoon. It is dark and soft. And in the patch I worked earlier, it also gave me a kilo of potatoes!
The plot is of course covered in the ubiquitous dandelions and couch grass. But with the help of my daughter we filled almost three large charity bags, the kind that come regularly through the postbox, with the overgrowth. That took about an hour, so at the going rate it will take the winter to get the plot in tip-top shape. On the other hand, the land might not need the carpet treatment I subjected my own lawn to, in order to get rid of that (cf blogpost The Beige Carpet).
I am still very excited about the prospect of gardening on the allotment, not least because I am hopeful of much better returns than I am so far used to. It looks like 2014 is going to be a good year already 🙂
© Helen Butt, November 2013